Storm Surge Early, Beat Ports 9-4
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Lake Elsinore Storm scored nine runs over the first three innings on Tuesday night at Banner Island Ballpark. The Stockton Ports, after snapping a six-game skid on Monday night, saw the Storm even their series at a game apiece as Stockton fell by a final of 9-4.
Lake Elsinore set the tone with four runs in the top of the first off Ports starter Jhenderson Hurtado (0-1), who was making his California League debut for Stockton. With the bases loaded and two outs, Hurtado fell victim to a passed ball that put the Storm on the board. Eguy Roasrio followed with a two-run single and, two batters later, Olivier Basabe hit an RBI double to right to make it 4-0.
The Ports got two runs back in the bottom of the first on a balk committed by storm starter Ronald Bolanos and a two-out RBI single by Trace Loehr. The Storm, though, would score five runs over the next two innings off Ports reliever Pat Krall. With the bases loaded in the second, Krall committed a balk that allowed a fifth run to score. In the third, Nate Easley singled with one out and Robbie Podorsky followed with a triple. After an RBI single by Jeisson Rosario, Luis Campusano hit a two-run home run to open the Storm lead up to 9-2.
Krall would allow five runs on five hits and walk three over two innings of work.
Peter Bayer, Sam Sheehan, Seth Martinez and Hunter Hargrove would combine on six scoreless innings of relief down the stretch, allowing just two hits while walking two and striking out 11.
The Ports scored a run in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single by Jonah Bride to make it 9-3. Bolanos would work into the fifth and leave with runners at the corners and two outs in favor of Hansel Rodriguez (1-0), who got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning on his way to retiring all five batters he faced.
Bolanos did not factor into the decision, going 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits while walking four and striking out four. Rodriguez earned the win after striking out four in 1 2/3 perfect innings.
After Steven Wilson pitched two scoreless innings for the Storm, Jordan Guerrero came on to pitch the ninth and gave back-to-back two-out hits to Nick Allen and Jameson Hannah that got the Ports their fourth run of the night. Both Allen and Hannah collected two hits in the contest.
The Ports and Storm play the third game of their four-game set on Wednesday night at Banner Island Ballpark. Xavier Altamirano (1-2, 5.13 ERA) makes the start for Stockton, opposed by Lake Elsinore right-hander Elliot Ashbeck (1-0, 2.82 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
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